Steps to Quality

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Idaho's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Steps to Quality is a voluntary system for child care centers and home-based programs. Programs participating in Steps to Quality work with regional Quality Consultants to assess, improve, and communicate quality practices.

Children benefit from high quality early care and education. Steps to Quality provides child care programs with a set of tools to cultivate a high quality setting.

Growing Quality Child Care at Each Step

IdahoSTARS offers a sustainable plan for the growth of a business and measures the developing quality of a child care program. We then publicly recognize a program’s success and share it with families throughout Idaho. The goal of Steps to Quality is to help Idaho’s child care programs provide a setting where all children thrive. At each step, we’ll help programs grow quality in the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Staff education
  • Classrooms and playground
  • Inclusion of all children
  • Partnerships with families and communities
  • Professional business practices

Participation in Steps to Quality is a smart choice which demonstrates a program’s commitment to excellence in child care. Space in Steps to Quality is limited, so plant the seed today!


Participating Providers Resources

Children benefit from high quality early care and education. Steps to Quality is a voluntary system for child care centers and and home-based programs. Programs participating in Steps to Quality work with regional Quality Consultants to assess, improve, and communicate quality practices. Participation in Steps to Quality is one of the best choices your child care program can make to demonstrate its commitment to quality.